January 2019 | In This Issue
Understanding Neurobiology of Psychological Trauma
Tips for Working with Transition-age Youth

Following rapid structural, functional, and neurochemical changes in the brain during early- to mid-adolescence, the pace of neurodevelopment during late adolescence through the 20s is slower and more focused. Changes are concentrated on strengthening neural connections that advance emotional regulation, risk-reward assessment, problem solving, and future planning. Communication between emotional and thinking centers becomes more efficient, providing a greater capacity to think before acting, and consider multiple solutions in emotionally-charged situations.

Read the rest of the article  here.


Words cannot express how much we appreciate our generous donors and what it means to the children who received these gifts! Thank you for making Christmas wishes come true for hundreds of children.

Pictured below are some of Santa's helpers.

Child Advocacy Services CASA volunteers
helped 23 children find safe, permanent homes in December through adoption or reunification.


St. John and St. Charles - February 7th
East and West Feliciana - February 7th
Livingston,Tangipahoa and St. Helena - February 7th
Ascension, Assumption and St. James - April 4th

Thank You For Your Dedication and Commitment. 
Happy CASA Anniversary!
Danielle Huff - 5 years Shirley Keller - 4 years Melanie Stegall - 2 years
 CAS would like to recognize all 226 of our amazing CASA volunteers 
as we look forward to another incredible year in 2019.

We enjoyed spending time with those of you who were able to attend the 
CASA Volunteer Appreciation Socials pictured below.

A huge thank you to our generous hosts for making
these events so special for our CASA volunteers.
Oak Grove Baptist Church, Ascension Parish
The Church of Livingston, Livingston Parish
Cypress Pointe Hospital, Tangipahoa Parish 

2019 New Year's Resolutions for CASA Advocates
It is a brand new year and a great time to set goals for the next twelve months. We often make resolutions to save money, exercise more, eat right, read our Bible every day, spend more time with family, etc. Those are wonderful resolutions, but we would like to challenge all of you to make some CASA Specific Resolutions. 2019 gives us a fresh and clean slate to start our advocacy plans for our CASA children. Setting goals can be very motivating and leave you feeling more confident, not to mention helping us be much more effective in all that we do. 

Click  here for some suggested CASA Volunteer New Year's Resolutions.

Remember to keep your CASA Volunteer file up-to-date with your current
auto insurance card, driver's license, and contact information
And remember to visit your CASA child face-to-face at least   once a month.

Stewards of Children is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program believes and teaches that child safety is an adult's job. Stewards of Children is designed for organizations that serve children and youth. Child Advocacy Services has trained facilitators that can offer this course to your organization for only $10.00 per individual. This fee includes your materials, certificate, and assists CAS in continuing our services for children through our CASA and CAC Programs.

Adults can also register to attend one of the Stewards of Children trainings listed below:
Thursday, February 28th  4:00 - 6:00 PM 
Register here.
Friday, March 29th  9:00 - 11:00 AM
Register here.
Thursday, May 2nd  4:00 - 6:00 PM
Register here.

Each of the above trainings will be held at the  Charles E. Cate Teacher Education Center, Room 1022.

1300 N General Pershing St.
Hammond, LA 70401

         TBRI: Trust-Based Relational Intervention  Overview               
Date: Saturday, February 23rd
Time & location are to be determined.

Recognize, React, Report

CAS is proud to share the newly revised and redesigned Recognize, React, Report resource. This is a community resource for  protecting  children and preventing child abuse. This resource was originally designed because people often witness child abuse and neglect but do not understand their responsibility in reacting to the incident or making a report. Also, children themselves have a difficult time expressing concerns or understanding abuse. The interactive design makes this an excellent resource for adults and children to review together. The newly revised resource has been updated to include information on keeping kids safe in a digital world.

To request more information or copies of  Recognize, React, Report, contact Lauren at lreynolds@childadv.net.

In the News....
Gov. Edwards Announces Million Dollar Federal Grant to Address Human Trafficking in Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards recently announced that Louisiana has been awarded a $1.2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office for Victims of Crime to improve outcomes for child victims of human trafficking.  It will be used to implement a multi-year federal project known as the Louisiana Child Trafficking Collaborative. In addition, Gov. Edwards has declared January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Louisiana.

Click  here to learn more.

Brave children tell their stories.  Courageous adults help these children through their trauma and assist them in finding a safe future.  Buttons of Bravery represent the journey of one child for a year under the care of 
Child Advocacy Services. 

Help hold them together through their experience by participating in the 
Buttons of Bravery Child Sponsorship Program. 

Thank you to our new and/or continuing Button of Bravery Child Sponsors. 

Household of Faith Church
Bracy's Nursery
Cashe Coudrain & Sandage
David and Judith Landry
Celeste Layrisson
Rob and Tara Peltier
Edgar & Kay Starns

Dear Community Supporter,
With your help, CAS served 550 children with 226 volunteers through our CASA program in 2018.  Of those children, 188 were placed in 
safe and permanent homes.  Additionally, we performed 738 forensic interviews and provided 490 hours of counseling to over 125 children and families through our CAC program.
Child Advocacy Services, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. We appreciate your consideration to start or renew your child sponsorship for 2019.  Please remember your contribution is tax-deductible.

Be the thread of hope for a child!

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